Rafa Benitez has said quite rightly that Newcastle have been unlucky in the first 11 games of the season and we could easily have captured more points from games like Cardiff, Manchester United and Brighton with just a bit of luck.
But we haven’t really had the luck – but we came into some in the first half last Saturday against Watford at home when the game could have been over at halftime if Watford had taken the chances they created.
But it says something for Newcastle resilience and Rafa’s coaching that we came back in the second half and won the game 1-0.
And the lads now have confidence with a number of our players having outstanding games in that second half when we were without Muto, Lascelles, and Shelvey through injury.
Rafa (shown above) spoke at the Newcastle United Foundation 10 year anniversary dinner earlier this week, and he talked about the win:
“It was very important.”
“I was talking with some fans before, and I think everyone knows that in so many games, we were really close to getting that win.”
“But we just couldn’t do it.”
“So to get three points, even though the game was maybe not the best, was a relief.”
“It means we are feeling much better and are ready for the next challenge.”
Newcastle are now 17th in the league – 4th bottom – and out of the relegation zone.
Hopefully, we can make it two home wins in a row against a very decent Bournemouth side.